The International Masterís Degree Programme in Media and Global Communication (MGC) is designed to give you an understanding of the theories of media, communication and globalisation.In MGC you will study in an international environment with internationally renowned visiting lecturers. You will learn analytical approaches and methods of undertaking empirical research with a focus on media structures, policies, new communication technologies and journalistic practices in a global context.
Graduates of the Media and Global Communication masterís programme at the University of Helsinki have gone on to work in a range of jobs across the media sector, from communication managers and industry analysts (at Nokia, UPM, Google, IBM), to start-up companies (Kiosked, NetProfile, ArcticStartup, Dreamdo). Other graduates have become consultants (Hill and Knowlton, Miltton), journalists (YLE, Talous Sanomat, Helsinki Times) or now work in public sector and non-governmental organisations. Some graduates also continue on to PhD research.
The University of Helsinki does not charge tuition fees. The only obligatory fee is for the Student Union membership (90 to 100 euro per year). However, you should be aware that Erasmus Mundus programmes (Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry; Economy, State and Society; Food of Life; International Performance Research) may charge tuition fees from non-EU students.
The masterís programme in Media and Global Communication offers a variety of courses addressing the societal, cultural, political, regulatory, technological and industrial contexts of communication. During the two-year study period, you will be encouraged to do an internship, and will also develop your research and academic writing skills through the writing of a number of essays, in preparation for your final master's thesis towards the end of your studies.
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To complete your masterís studies you will conduct research and write a masterís thesis. The usual length of a masterís thesis is about 70-80 pages, and you will select your topic under the guidance of your supervisor.Writing the thesis will require you to acquire advanced knowledge in your chosen field and develop reflective and critical thinking skills. You will learn to form a research question, design your research, conduct it and report on your research with an understanding of the major debates in your topic area.
All applicants are required to have a Bachelorís degree with a major in Media & Communication Studies (e.g. journalism, media and culture, media and society, media and communication systems, previous studies must include research methodology and media and/or communication theories). If the applicant has studied something else than media studies, in that case his/her transcript should include a minor degree in media and communication studies (minimum 60 ECTS credits) for a successful application.There are no exceptions to this requirement.
Previous professional experience is not considered as part of academic work and is not a part of the selection criteria. However, the applicants who fulfill all the academic requirements are advised to mention their related job experiences in their applications.Our first and most important selection criteria is that the content, grades and the level of previous studies should compare to that of the studies offered at the Faculty of Social Sciences so that they enable the applicant to continue his/her studies directly for the Master's degree in the field s/he applies to.
No work experience is required.
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